Border as a producer of design (Blanket)
Cover with patterns developed from silver prints taken on the border between Spain and Morocco, in the city of Ceuta. One side printed, white back.
Ceuta, Spanish enclave on the Moroccan territory at the border between Europe and Africa, is the theatre of an atypical trade. Free taxe zone, it leads every day million of moroccan people from the north of the country, to accomplish a precarious job : carrying goods from one part of the border to the other. Workers at the border have therefore adapted their processes, and method to accomplish their work, Border as a producer of design returns on this numerous adaptations, to overcome legislations and offer to consider it as a production line. Indeed, while many research exist about the complexity of the border, very few of them explore how this trade is performed and embodied in the techniques used to cross the border.
Through a collection of objects based around the trolley, central piece in the cariage of goods, the project interrogates and higlight how a border can become a vector of creativity and produce design. It particularly focuses on how objects that transit bear material traces of the broader context in which they are exchanged, the border.
184 x 150 cm
Blue, White, Grey, Green
Flammable. Do not machine wash. Dry cleaning.
Together Héloïse and Ismaël form the research design studio Studiolow. Héloïse Charital (b.1994) earned a bachelor and master in art history from University Lyon II and a Master in Curating and Writing from Design Academy Eindhoven. Her work oscillates between performance, poetry and installations as new forms and languages for curatorial strategies. She engages with a variety of subjects borrowing methodologies ranging from cultural archaeology, visual semiotics, archival sciences, iconography, personal investigation, journalism.
Through a diversity of methodologies, she aims to propose alternatives and multiples readings to question pre-given narratives and singular storytelling + Ismaël Rifaï (b.1993) earned a bachelor from the French design school of Saint-Etienne and a master in Social design from Design Academy Eindhoven. He defines himself as an anthropologist by investigating a place and spending times on field and as an artist/designer by the retranscription he makes of his researches. His fascination for the borders lead him to explore subjects like migration and commercial exchange.